Why You Should Never Make New Year’s Resolutions

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Why you should never make New Year’s Resolutions.

In the beginning of December, I often see clients postponing their career-and-business-advancing activities to January.


Are you kidding? You are giving away 1/12 of your year!


You could have been getting the last juice out of yourself by using the time in December instead of pushing things to January.

Why people make New Year’s Resolutions

Firstly, people see their Year as a chapter that ends and they want to press the reset button and start from scratch.


But common, there is no such thing as a real reset button for each year that ends.


Face reality! You will pick up your tasks and habits just where you left them off. Nothing will change magically on January 1st. So stop lying to yourself. Don’t think that January will magically change your bad habits and behaviors.

Secondly, people want to feel good about themselves. As much as it is fun, the holiday season is a nasty time too...


Yes I admit, it’s lovely and it brings together Family and Friends.


But it also makes you eat like a pig, drink lots of alcohol and I bet you won’t sign up for a gym membership in December.


Instead, you are smarter than that. You will plan everything ahead of time... for January, right? But be honest, will you really follow through, in January?


The idea to write down your goals and intentions is essential. But why wait for the execution until January? If you are serious about your objectives, do them now!

Thirdly, making New Year’s Resolutions seems like wishful thinking.


And yes, making wishes is what people do during that time of the year. And even dreaming is something I urge you to do on a regular basis. But wishes stay wishes and become rarely reality if there is no action.


Don’t use the wish mentality when it comes to your career or business and even personal goals.


Besides that, most of the New Year’s Resolutions are too vague anyway: losing weight, quitting smoking, spending less money etc.


Do these wishes have a chance to be achieved? In 85% of the cases, No!

Goal setting only works if you take immediate action towards its fulfillment. Setting goals and waiting until January takes away crucial momentum.


The consequence: You are getting started in mid-January and then slowly fall back into your old habits. You are back to your old behaviors by mid-March, at the latest.

Instead of making New Year's Resolutions, this is what I suggest

Take on personality traits that will bring you closer to your career or business goals immediately. Ask yourself the following questions:

  1. Where do I see myself in 6 months?

  2. What results will I have in 6 months?

  3. What activities do I need to start today to achieve the above?

  4. What habits do I need to develop so the required activities become automatic behavior?

  5. What immediate actions can I take today to have a small win and to gain momentum?

  6. Start small and build from there. Remember, Rome wasn’t built in a day.


In Summary, I urge you to not wait until January. New Year’s Resolutions don’t work for various reasons (mentioned above).


Instead, if you want things to change, start working on your goals, activities, behaviors, and habits today.


Even if it’s only a small action item that will bring you one step closer to the results you desire. Just do it.


If you don’t know how, drop a comment below and I’d be glad to answer your question.


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Comments: 2
  • #1

    Camilla W (Tuesday, 19 December 2017 09:26)

    Very insightful writing! Everything to the points.
    My style of New Year Resolutions is to make a conscious effort to improve myself.

    Thanks for the writing!

  • #2

    Stilian Nikolow (Tuesday, 19 December 2017 11:35)

    Thanks for your comment Camilla W!

    It is great that you want to constantly make an effort to improve yourself.

    One tip that helps is to be as specific as possible. For example: What area do you want to improve? How will you know that you made an improvement? And most importantly, how can you take action today to ensure progress towards improving?

    And then, plan each of your steps into your calendar and get automatic reminders of each task. This way, your objectives will be reached naturally.

    Hope that helps!